Day 144: Visit the black archives museum

25 May

Just steps from the Capitol is the Florida A&M University black archives museum. It is actually an extension of a much larger museum on the Florida A&M University campus. This smaller portion of the archives sits in the old Union Bank building which dates back to the 1830s. The building was originally located on Adams Street and was relocated to Apalachee Parkway to save it from demolition. The building itself is tiny, so the extension of the FAMU archives museum isn’t one you can lose yourself in for hours. It contains some basic information about black history and slavery, with a special emphasis on Florida history. The museum has a few old relics that serve as good reminders for how far this country has come, such as the metal chains and whips used on slaves. I also learned quite a bit about the roles of African-Americans in the Civil War and about the history of the controversial history of the Union Bank building. The museum itself is free, though donations are encouraged.

Address: Near the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and Monroe Street

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